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The Austin-Healey 3000 is the very epitome of the classic British sports car and one of the few cars that can be said to have attained classic status whilst still in production. Quite an achievement then, but not an altogether unexpected one considering the Austin-Healey heritage coupled with its achievements in motorsport.
The Austin Healey 3000 Mk III was launched in October 1963 and remained in production until the end of 1967 when production of all Austin Healeys ceased. Classified as the BJ8, the new model was the most powerful and luxurious of the big Healeys with a Walnut veneer dash, wind-up windows and a 150bhp engine, propelling the car to 60 mph in under ten seconds and enabling a top speed of just over 120mph. Improvements to the engine included a revised camshaft, valve springs and twin SU HD8 2" carburettors together with a redesigned exhaust system and servo-assisted brakes. In May 1964, the Phase 2 version was introduced that gave better ground clearance at the rear by a modified chassis.
The car presented here is a rare and desirable RHD, UK-market 1964 Austin Healey 3000 Mk3 BJ8 Phase 2, the final evolution of the 3000. It was specifically sourced for our vendor by a Healey expert given its rarity as a 'one previous owner, UK-market example, fitted with overdrive gearbox, and a decent history' – all essential prerequisites as a starting point for the brief he was given to create the ultimate 3000. He then commissioned an exacting 5-year restoration carried out at ‘Renaissance Classic Cars’ by Phil Kennedy, the aforementioned expert, and this car was one of the final Healeys he worked on before retiring.
The car was originally supplied from the factory in Ivory White with Ambla vinyl and has now been refinished in this same colour (as per its Heritage Certificate) but with a very good quality, expensive Bentley Ox-blood leather interior.
Starting with the ideal base 2+2 matching-numbers car, the brief was to create a Healey for spirted road driving but with no compromise to its ability to cover miles comfortably and efficiently. The bodywork was all methodically renewed with the addition of competition-style alloy vents that greatly help with airflow through the engine bay and give the car a sleeker and more aggressive look.
The engine was fully rebuilt by Dennis Osborne of DOME Motorsport to a superb standard, with an uprated cam. Likewise, the gearbox was treated to the same quality rebuild, whilst the suspension was given a mid-range set-up with an anti-roll bar offering superb handling and road-holding. Phil Kennedy ensured the car was properly ‘shaken-down’ with 300 miles or so covered before our vendor added another 300 miles.
The result is a really smart 3000 refreshed to a very high standard. All this work is captured in six folders (see photo), covering every aspect of the project, with lots of photos, invoices and notes all telling the story of investment, engineering, and commitment to what just might be the perfect Healey. We encourage you to view this car and its accompanying folders to see for yourself just how good a package it is.
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